ABOUT 198 PICKS TOO EARLY
"When you watch these guys side by side, Tom Brady mechanically, watch what you see from Brady and tell me this does not look identically the same from Burrow. It is eerie. And it's just not my opinion in saying that. You see the comparison there. The poise, the pocket awareness, and they both absolutely have that swagger. But Kevin Faulk on that staff at LSU. As the scouts have come rolling through there and they ask, 'Kevin, you've been in the NFL a long time. What do you think of this Burrow kid?' And he goes 'I'm telling you this is Tom Brady. This kid reminds me so much of Tom Brady.' And I understand that's the greatest of all time and I know comparisons get people all upset. But when you watch them mechanically and you're around their personalities, their leadership style, there's a lot of similarities."
-- NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah tossed around some lofty comparisons for LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow during the channel's coverage of the NFL combine, comparing the National Champion Heisman Trophy winner to six-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady.
"Please don't compare me to the best player of all time. Let me do my own thing. Don't do that to me, please."
-- Burrow was later asked about the pro comp handed down by Jeremiah. The 23-year-old made it clear he wants to set his own path. (NFL.com)
JUST AIN'T THE SAME AS THE REAL THING
"It's like a mix of emotions because you figure [that] after four years, [doing] everything the right way -- within the team way -- you try to stay under the line, out of trouble, and be a good citizen for the team and for the city. [Then] you expect to be rewarded. So when you're hit with a franchise tag, it can go different ways. You can feel like they're not valuing you -- that they're not valuing what you can bring to the table. Or you can look at it as giving them time to get their horses in a cage and get something together."
-- Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones feels bittersweet about being slapped with the franchise tag by the reigning Super Bowl Champions. Jones is set to make around $16 million in guaranteed money on the tag. (Arrowhead Pride)
HONESTY'S THE BEST POLICY (USUALLY)
Question: "If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?"
Trey Adams: "Uh … [long pause] bigger … bigger d*ck"
-- Washington Huskies tackle Trey Adams kept it straightforward during his rapid-fire questioning during the NFL Combine. (AtoZSports Nashville via Twitter)
BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS
- "7 eggs
- Cottage cheese
- Peanut butter
-- Minnesota Vikings team reporter Eric Smith broke down the shake that helped Ben Bartch of the Saint John's Johnnies put on over 70 pounds, transforming from a tight end into a tackle.
"I'd gag sometimes, but that's what you have to do."
-- Bartch on the "magic shake." (Eric Smith, Minnesota Vikings via Twitter)
JUST GET OUT OF THIS MAN'S WAY
"What I love most about the game is that I can literally go out there and hit a man consistently, and pound him, and the police won't come. That is the most enjoyable moment about ball. Just to go out there and just really abuse somebody. They won't say nothing about it in the press, anything. I ain't in no headlines in handcuffs. No mugshots, no nothing. I'm out here just physically abusing a man."
-- Auburn Tigers defensive lineman Marlon Davidson gave one of the most poetically violent answers I've ever heard at a combine when asked what he loves most about football. (Trevor Sikkema, The Draft Network via Twitter)
HEY, CAN I GRAB AN EIGHTH OF SOME 'BAKED-ER MAYFIELD?'
"According to the State Medical Board of Ohio, someone submitted a petition to add 'Bengals/Browns Fans' as a qualifying condition under the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program."
-- Amidst the medicinal legalization of marijuana in the state of Ohio, one informed citizen decided to incite real and lasting change in his community. Unfortunately, the State Medical Board of Ohio did not recognize the suffering that Browns and Bengals fans go through year after year as a legitimate ailment. What a shame. (Danny Eldredge, Hannah News via Twitter)
WE SHOULD ALL BE SO SLOPPY
Jeff Okudah: "Sloppy in what way?"
Reporter: "Sloppy like … *inaudible* penalties and stuff like that."
JO: "I had zero pass interferences, zero holdings, so put the tape on again. I think you might see something else."
-- Ohio State cornerback Jeffrey Okudah took a reporter to task over some inaccurate critiques of his game. Big difference between having a "penalty problem" and drawing zero PIs and holdings over a single season. (PFF via Twitter)
OUR FIRST 'WE HAVE A LONG TIME UNTIL FOOTBALL STARTS' AWARD OF THE OFFSEASON GOES TO…
"Finna start back cookin"
-- New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson, seemingly eager to find a new hobby this offseason, took to Twitter to announce he was going to start cooking more often.
"I jus remembered why I don't cook this sh*t take forever then my the time it's done I ain't even hungry no more"
-- Two hours later, the dream was dead. What was he making? I guess we'll never know… (Natalie Weiner, SBNation via Twitter)
WELL THAT'S JUST GREAT, JERRY, THANKS FOR THAT MENTAL IMAGE
"I've thought a lot about it in the shower."
-- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been pondering the re-signing of free agent wide receiver and former Cowboys star Dez Bryant for quite some time. Those long, contemplative moments alone in the shower have been the perfect time for Jones to get introspective about working the three-time Pro Bowler back into his team's offense. (Michael Gehiken, Dallas Morning News via B/R Gridiron)
LIKE (TEAMMATE OF A) FATHER, LIKE (TEAMMATE OF A) SON
"This is going to be the first time in my career that I will play with a father and son."
-- Seattle Seahawks tight end Greg Olsen played with Terrence Metcalf as a rookie. Now, 12 years later, Olsen will share a locker room with Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, Terrence's son. (The Checkdown via Instagram)
LOOKS LIKE HE'S ENJOYING LIFE WITHOUT FOOTBALL
"He's Mr. Mom right now."
-- XFL commissioner Oliver Luck gives an update on son and retired quarterback Andrew Luck, who has spent a great deal of time with his family since retiring in August. (B/R Gridiron via Instagram)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
EVEN THE RECRUITMENT PITCHES ARE BIGGER IN VEGAS
-- Free agent quarterback Tom Brady called in to UFC commissioner Dana White's Instagram Live session. White took the opportunity to sell Brady on coming to Las Vegas to play for the Raiders.
MY GRAN COULD DO BETTER! AND SHE'S DEAD!
-- Professional chef Gordon Ramsay took the Baltimore Ravens field and tried his
hand foot at punting a football. Impeccable form.